Michigan State University and Huntington Bank Announce Multi-Sport Sponsorship to Support $10 Million Stadium Project

  Michigan State University and Huntington Bank Announce Multi-Sport
  Sponsorship to Support $10 Million Stadium Project

   Sponsorship part of Huntington’s ongoing investment in state of Michigan

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EAST LANSING, Mich. -- July 24, 2012

Michigan State University’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and
Huntington Bank have entered into a 10-year athletic sponsorship agreement,
school and bank officials announced today. Huntington’s investment will
provide significant support for the current $10 million Spartan Stadium
improvement projects, featuring a new state-of-the art video scoreboard
system.

Under the terms of the agreement, Huntington Bank will receive sponsorship
recognition on the scoreboards and video displays in football, basketball and
hockey venues, including the new video scoreboard system that will be
installed in Spartan Stadium for the 2012 season.

Huntington Bank will also be featured in game programs, television and radio
broadcasts as well as the official website of Spartan Athletics,
msuspartans.com. Additionally, the bank will receive title sponsorship of the
Huntington Club located on the 4^th floor of the Spartan Stadium tower and the
Huntington Club Suites located on the 7^th level in the Spartan Stadium tower.
The club and suite levels in Munn Ice Arena will be branded in a similar
manner.

Athletic Director Mark Hollis is pleased to welcome Huntington into the
Spartan family. “Given the magnitude and the duration of the Huntington
sponsorship agreement, it will have a significant positive impact on our
entire athletic program,” said Hollis. “Not only will it benefit our
student-athletes, coaches and staff, it will also help to enhance the
experience of loyal Spartan fans who continue to support MSU with unmatched
enthusiasm and loyalty.”

“Huntington is deeply committed to investing in education, jobs and housing in
Michigan,” said Huntington Board Lead Director Dave Porteous, who is a former
chairman of the MSU Board of Trustees and current member of the Board of
Trustees of the Michigan State College of Law. “MSU continues to play a
critical role in educating our youth and giving them opportunities to remain
in Michigan to help the state grow and prosper.”

“Michigan State University plays a key role driving the state’s economic
progress for not only mid-Michigan but also the entire state,” added
Huntington’s Michigan President Jim Dunlap. “We are delighted to be partnering
with this growing institution and look forward to lighting up the scoreboard
at the first home game of the Spartans.”

The Michigan State Spartans, under the direction of sixth-year head coach,
Mark Dantonio, open the 2012 season on Friday, August 31^st at 7:00 p.m. vs.
Boise State.

Prior to the season opener, new high-definition Panasonic video screens and
scoreboards as well as a new sound system will be fully operational in Spartan
Stadium. The new scoreboard/video screen in the south end zone is 5,300-square
feet, compared to its predecessor, installed in 1998, that measured just
567-square feet. The top of the new south end zone structure reaches 130
feet.In addition, two new video boards as well as an LED ribbon board have
been added to the north end zone. The LED ribbon board covers 4,500 square
feet (450-feet long and 10-feet high). Combined the south and north video
screens/scoreboards will total 13,300-square feet. The $10 million project
replaces a 14-year-old scoreboard, message board and audio system.

Earlier this year, Huntington announced a partnership with Meijer that will
increase the number of Huntington branches in the state to over 200—a 65
percent increase. It will also mean the opening of the first Huntington
branches in Lansing. The agreement is expected to add up to 500 jobs.

Huntington has originated more than $1.5 billion in loans to businesses around
Michigan in the first year of a four-year, $2 billion program, the bank’s
Michigan leaders announced today. The loans have aided more than 2,500
Michigan businesses.

It has also rolled out a $100 million affordable housing program aimed at
helping Michigan residents. And last year, it opened a new branch in downtown
Grand Rapids, two branches in downtown Detroit and one in Pontiac.

About Michigan State University
Michigan State University has been working to advance the common good in
uncommon ways for more than 150 years. One of the top research universities in
the world, MSU focuses its vast resources on creating solutions to some of the
world’s most pressing challenges, while providing life-changing opportunities
to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs
of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

About Huntington
Huntington Bancshares Incorporated is a $57 billion regional bank holding
company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. The Huntington National Bank, founded
in 1866, provides full-service commercial, small business, and consumer
banking services; mortgage banking services; treasury management and foreign
exchange services; equipment leasing; wealth and investment management
services; trust services; brokerage services; customized insurance brokerage
and service programs; and other financial products and services. The principal
markets for these services are Huntington’s six-state banking franchise: Ohio,
Michigan, Pennsylvania, Indiana, West Virginia, and Kentucky. The primary
distribution channels include a banking network of more than 680 traditional
branches and convenience branches located in grocery stores and retirement
centers, and through an array of alternative distribution channels including
internet and mobile banking, telephone banking, and more than 1,350 ATMs.
Through automotive dealership relationships within its six-state banking
franchise area and selected other Midwest and New England states, Huntington
also provides commercial banking services to the automotive dealers and retail
automobile financing for dealer customers.

The Huntington National Bank, Member FDIC. The logo mark and Huntington^® are
federally registered service marks of Huntington Bancshares Incorporated.

Contact:

Huntington Contact:
Maureen M. Brown, 614-480-5512
Maureen.brown@huntington.com
or
MSU Contact:
John Lewnadowski, 517-355-2271
lewski@ath.msu.edu
 
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